Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) membership form
I wish to apply for membership in the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (
The OBF will treat all personal information as strictly confidential and will not share personal information with anyone except members of the OBF Board of Directors, or entities or person appointed by the Board to administer membership communication. This may be subject to change--please see below.
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We will send you a welcome letter to the address you specify here, and use it for all communication. Your membership becomes active only if we are able to contact you successfully. Note that unfortunately we cannot currently support
email addresses, due to blacklisting by Outlook.com beyond our control.
Email addresses sometimes change. Having alternate ways of corroborating your identity on the internet helps us to track down a new contact address if the primary one we have from you bounces.
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If you're unfamiliar with ORCIDs, you might want to create one for yourself, see
Anyone who is interested in furthering the objectives of the Open Bioinformatics Foundation is eligible for membership. We consider attendance at a past or the current Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) as sufficient evidence of eligibility. If you have not attended BOSC, please provide alternative evidence of your eligibility.
Please state why you meet the eligibility criteria for OBF membership.
Evidence of eligibility could be involvement with open-source projects in bioinformatics or other fields, open-source or open science activism or contributions, open-source community building work, attendance at past or future BOSCs, etc. You can provide links to external resources if those show your involvement.
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